Rasova Winery Where The Modern Meets The Classic—Terroir—And Rescue Of Old Varietals

I ride down a dirt road to Crama Rasova—the Rasova Winery. Just beyond the guardhouse, a vast green lawn slopes down to the bluffs of the Danube River and to a modern building. Considering the rural neighborhood, the building at first seems out of place. Yet a closer look reveals it seems to fit into […]

Beyond Borders: Bulgaria to Romania and Old Town Constanta

Sipping my cup of instant coffee as I gaze out from my small balcony to the streets of Varna. I’ve been here for four days. Today I must cross the border. My Maps app shows about two hours of riding to get to Constanta on the Black Sea Coast in Romania. I look through the […]

Bulgaria’s Rich Wine History Continues To Evolve — Part of the NEW Old World

The following afternoon I sit down one-on-one with Marin, who guides me through a fast-track “master class” of Bulgarian wine. We find a quiet cafe in a leafy neighborhood, far off the main drag. WE snack on cheese and dried meat while tasting the beautiful bottle of Pamid I’ve been carrying for well over a […]

Hot Rakia & Sheep’s Brains—Bulgarian Cuisine Gets Interesting in Varna

Varna is feeling like home. In fact, Bulgaria seems like home. Long-term travel, especially by motorcycle, with no itinerary, gives me to settle in when it feels right. Here in Varna, it feels great. Tonight I meet Nina, my new friend, and sommelier at Sea Terrace. It’s her night off, and we will give our […]

Salla Estate Winery | Where The French Come To Buy Bulgarian Wine

One of the Bulgarian wineries making a name and earning praise and accolades in the eastern part of the Danube Plain is Salla Estate. Located just 60 kilometers from Varna, Salla Estate’s beginnings started in 2007 when brothers Ivan Ivanov and Georgi Anastasov planted some 30 hectares of vineyards outside the village of Blaskovo. In 2010, […]

The Black Sea Coast In Bulgaria: Varna Nightlife, Food, Wine & Friends

With my bike safely parked in front of the Divesta Hotel in downtown Varna, I exchanged my motorcycle boots for walking shoes and headed to the Black Sea Coast. Varna is the third-largest city in Bulgaria and the largest in the Bulgarian Riviera. It is the northernmost city on the Black Sea and is served […]

Wines You Didn’t Think Could Be From Bulgaria | Tsarev Brod Winery, Danube Plain

The ride from Veliko Tarnovo to Varna over good roads is uneventful and takes me about three hours with a stop for fuel, coffee, and a much-needed drink of cold water. After battling the notorious Varna traffic, I get lost looking for my hotel. My time is tight as the clock ticks. Legendary sommelier and […]

History, Food, & Wine in Bulgaria’s Old Capital—Veliko Tarnovo

In Sliven, I have my only and last meal in the restaurant at the Park Central Hotel. The staff allowed me to taste the samples of Rossidi wines Eddie gave me, along with a glass of Pinot Noir by Edward Miroglio, another nearby winery. Edward Miroglio not only owns the winery that bears his name, […]

Rossidi Wines. Where New Ideas & Risk Taking Is Changing The Face Of Bulgarian Wine

With the ancient city of Plovdiv fading in my rearview, I motor down the back roads through the Thracian Valley. After an hour, I rejoin the highway for thirty minutes and then return to the back roads. Today I will meet Eddie Kourian, the CEO, co-founder and proprietor of Rossidi, a boutique winery outside of […]

Where To Wander In Plovdiv Bulgaria For The Best Food, Wine, Coffee & Culture

Plovdiv Bulgaria is the country’s second-largest city after Sofia, the capital. Spread about in the Upper Thracian Plain, Plovdiv is one of Europe’s oldest cities. Historians date the location back some 4,000 years BC when Thracians settled in the hills surrounding the town. They built a fortified settlement in what’s called the Three Hills—and so […]